Most women deliver their babies with blessings from their families, but Madam Salbiah Wahab gave birth to her third child alone in tears and in debt.
Her husband walked out on her barely a month before that painful day. She was saddled with her husband’s debts, payment for their five-room flat and three children to bring up. The then-housewife was at a loss on what to do.
Hers is but one of many stories of low-income families in Singapore. Despite the country’s stellar economic performance, there are still many who are struggling to make ends meet.
Madam Salbiah’s story was documented by a group of students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University as part of their Final Year Project. Titled Growing Up with Less, the multimedia project explores the lesser-known side of cosmopolitan Singapore where government-built apartment complexes are littered with trash and soiled sanitary pads and your neighbour next door could be a drug
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- Y! | Yahoo! Newsroom – Sat, Apr 13, 2013
Most women deliver their babies with blessings from their families, but Madam Salbiah Wahab gave birth to her third child alone in tears and in debt.Read More »from Single mom’s heart-breaking struggle in Singapore
- Y! | What’s buzzing? – Wed, Mar 27, 2013This picture of a New Zealand newborn baby left alone in a locked car, with an accompanying note, went viral online over the past two days. (Screengrab from video)
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There is no perfect way to be a parent, and everyone's rules are not the same for fostering a child. That being said, when a parent does something that seems wrong to the vast majority of people, that parent's possible error in judgment takes the spotlight -- and the primary concern is the safety and well-being of the child.
A photograph taken in New Zealand is causing quite an uproar around the world. The photo at the center of the controversy is of an infant asleep in a car seat locked alone inside a car. A note, seemingly written from the baby's perspective, is attached to the chest and reads, "my mums in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything." There is a phone number written at the end.
See a video about the incident here:
A couple who saw the baby in the car talked to the New Zealand Herald. "We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back," the man said. "And my wifeRead More »from Photo of infant left alone in locked car goes uber viral
- Y! | Property Blog – Tue, Jan 15, 2013
A few weeks ago, news broke that a new Executive Condominium unit at CityLife@Tampines was going for $2.05 million.
Naturally, the public reacted strongly to that news. In response, the Minister of National Development, Khaw Boon Wan, tasked his ministry to look into the matter, as the pricing seemed to run contrary to the intent of the EC scheme.
In the most recent series of property cooling measures (released on 11 Jan 2013), the government took action to control the EC market and one of the measures included putting a 160 sq m size limit on new ECs. While it is intended to plug the loophole that allows developers to sell excessively large EC units, which results in high prices, the question is whether it is enough to address the key issues of price and affordability.
Original intent of the EC scheme – to help the “sandwiched” class
If we were to trace the genesis of the EC scheme, the main objective of the initiative was to help Singaporeans “who can afford more than a HDBRead More »from Why property curbs may not result in affordable ECs
He has had a very successful career spanning over two decades, but one thing that Edwin van der Sar regrets is his failure to achieve more honours with the Dutch national team.
The former Manchester United custodian, who has just retired at the age of 41, has an impressive CV -- two Champions League medals, a UEFA Cup title and four English Premier League titles.
But not winning a major title on the international stage still haunts van der Sar
"You can name a lot of regrets. Like finals that you've lost, moves that you didn't make or you made too late… But not winning with the international team would have to be my biggest regret," he said.
The 1.97-metre-tall Dutchman has played for Ajax, Juventus and Fulham before joining Manchester United in 2005. On the international scene, he is also the most capped player in the history of Dutch football.
Looking back, he revealed that his penalty save against Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka in the 2008 Champions League final as the most significantRead More »from Van der Sar bemoans lack of international honours
- Y! | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Jun 30, 2011
Singapore National Football Academy under-16 captain Jeffrey Lightfoot says the Cubs will continue to "get better and better" after they clinched second place in the recent 23rd Canon Lion City Cup 2011.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Lightfoot felt that his teammates, who also won bronze in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games last August, played very well in the tournament.
"We played well to finish runners-up against the likes of Everton, Juventus and eventual winners CR Flamengo despite being dominated in the physique department," said the 15-year-old.
Lightfoot was ruled out of the tournament after tearing his calf muscle in a friendly against Tampines Rovers under-18s in May. Syazwan Radhi, his partner in defence, also did not feature in the tournament due to a foot injury.
This led to the Cubs reshuffling their entire backline for the Lion City Cup, which saw wing-backs Dhukhilan Jeevamani and Illyas Lee as centre-backs while midfielders Brandon Koh andRead More »from Cubs will get better and better: Jeffrey Lightfoot
The Cubs fought tirelessly against the tournament favourites as the score remained goalless after 90 minutes on Sunday at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Singapore threatened the Flamengo goal as early as the 3rd minute after Hazim Hassan was sent through on goal by Jonathan Tan. However, with only the goalkeeper to beat, he blasted the ball over the bar.
From then on, it was all one-way traffic as Flamengo seized control of the game. Player of the tournament Caio Rangal, who plays for the Brazilian national under-15s, was at the heart of every attacking play and he thrilled the 5,000 crowd with his skills and passing.
However, there were moments in the game where it seemed like Singapore Sports School student Fashah Rosedin, was taking on the entire Flamengo team as he single handedly kept them at bay with numerous saves.
In the second-half,Read More »from Penalty shoot-out heartache for under-16 Cubs
- Y! | Fit To Post Sports – Sat, Jun 25, 2011
The under-16s, who won bronze at last year's Youth Olympic Games, were held 2-2 by the Italians after 90 minutes.
But the spotlight was on the penalty shootout, when Cubs midfielder Jonathan Tan missed his spot-kick to the horror of the 2,190-strong crowd.
But in a surprise move, referee Sukhbir Singh ordered a re-take after he deemed that Juventus custodian Entonjo Elezaj had stepped off his line early.
Jonathan scored on his second attempt before Juventus Lorenzo Zarmanian missed his team's last penalty kick to send them crashing out of the tournament.
The Italians were clearly incensed at the referee's decision and confronted him and the 4th official after the game.
The Cubs had earlier dominated the Italians from the start. Hazim Hassan, who scored in Wednesday's game against Everton, put his side in front after six minutesRead More »from S’pore under-16s progress to final amid controversy
Singapore's under-15s and under-16s have qualified for the semi-finals of the 23rdCanon Lion City Cup.
The under-15 boys progressed to the final four despite losing 1-2 to Juventus FC U-15 in a thrilling encounter at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday evening, which saw two red cards issued.
There were moments where the under-15s played some brilliant 'tiki-taka' football ala Barcelona, but the Italians defence was always up to the task.
Both sides were cancelling out each other until the deadlock was broken in the 31st minute. Star striker Nicholas Varetto pulled the ball and two defenders wide to the right before squaring it to teammate Andrea Marra to slot it home.
Singapore came close to levelling the score on the stroke of half-time when Raja Ahmad Zaki had a go from 30 metres out, but custodian Giacomo Volpe managed to punch it away.
The second half saw the under-15 boys trying more long-range passes, which did not seem to work until the 62nd minute. A moment of confusion withRead More »from S’pore U-15s, U-16s through to semi-finals
The Singapore under-16 football team failed to capitalise on their one-man advantage as they drew 1-1 with Brazil's CR Flamengo under-15s in the Canon Lion City Cup Group B clash on Monday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Flamengo were down to 10 men for the last 35 minutes of the match after midfielder Caio Thimoteo saw red for hauling down Muhaimin Suhaimi, who was sent through with a pass from Illyas Lee.
The match got off to a bright start, with tackles flying in thick and fast and it was not long before tempers flared.
Flamengo striker Arlindo Neto collided with Cubs custodian Fashah Rosedin when they were challenging for the ball. Both sides clamoured for the referee's attention when some pushing occurred, but the issue was quickly resolved by the man in the middle.
However, it was Brazilian midfielder Herson Pinheiro who was running the show for Flamengo, dictating his team's play with much composure. But the samba boys could not seem to find a way through the Cubs defenceRead More »from S’pore under-16s draw with 10-men Flamengo
An incredible comeback saw Singapore Cubs beat Newcastle United's under-15 team 4-3 in the opening game of the Canon Lion City Cup 2011 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night.
Trailing for most of the game, they dug deep to score three goals in the last five minutes to open their campaign on a winning note.
The under-15 Cubs were no match in size compared to their English counterparts, but they made up for it with their speed and tenacity.
Newcastle wasted no time in settling down and went ahead in the 4th minute when James Atkinson took advantage of a goalmouth scramble from a corner and prodded the ball in.
Ten minutes later, the Cubs responded as Zulfadhmi Suzliman was at the right place at the right time to slot the ball into an empty goal after Azhar Ramli's shot hit the post.
Azhar was a constant threat down the left wing in the first half, causing much trouble to the Newcastle defence with his pace and direct runs at goal.
The Cubs enjoyed spells of possession afterRead More »from Cubs stun Newcastle 4-3 in Lion City Cup thriller